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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 24, 20174min380

Tony Gagliardi, head of the state's small business caucus, sought to gird members for the long days and nights that lie just ahead at the Capitol, when battles over taxes, housing development laws and health care and regulatory reform heat up. He was talking informally in a committee room on Friday before the legislative chambers got busy with the day's work. It was one of meetings Gagliardi holds monthly for members of the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. He was upfront Friday about the fact that he had little information to impart -- at least not any more information than many other Capitol watchers would have had to share at this point in the session.